As it was the first class for the year, we spent the time introducing ourselves and talking about the films we enjoy. Sci-Fi was not a popular choice for many of the class, along with loud car chase and violent films. It seems that films with a story and depth are popular, along with musicals and comedies. Some people also mentioned biopics as enjoyable. Some favourite actors were mentioned, with some choosing films that involve these actors.
I also spoke about the process for future classes, describing a document I prepare each month giving details about the films screening at BPACC. It is this document we will use to select a film (or maybe two) for discussion at the following class.
For discussion at our March class we have selected “A Man Called Otto”. This start Tom Hanks and is the story of Otto who has given up on life following the loss of his wife and wants to end it all. When a young family moves in nearby, he meets his match in quick-witted Marisol, leading to a friendship that will turn his world around. It is a comedy drama. Some in the class have already seen the film and highly recommend it.